Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/7/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis won 13-6 against Columbus.

Game Notes: Brian Bixler went 2 for 6, homering in his third straight game. Ryan Doumit went 0 for 5, and remains hitless in his rehab stint. Not just AAA, but his entire rehab time. Shelby Ford went 2 for 4, with two doubles. Eric Kratz went 3 for 4 with his fourth homer of the season.

AA

The Result: Altoona got crushed 19-2 by Erie.

-Jose Tabata went 2 for 4.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 2. I’m not sure why he left the game, but it appears he was replaced. Might have been due to the early 9-0 lead after 5 innings.

-Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 5 with his third AA homer of the year.

Other Game Notes: Tyler Herron got the start, allowing five runs in 2.2 innings. It was the worst outing for Herron since being signed last month. The only pitcher to go without a run: Ray Chang, who is actually a position player.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg won 3-2 against Wilmington on a walk off hit by Kris Watts.

-Chase D’Arnaud went 2 for 3 with 2 walks. D’Arnaud now has a .423 OBP in Lynchburg after tonight. He has five errors, but he certainly can hit.

-Jeff Locke had a much better start tonight, going 5.2 innings with 2 runs on 7 hits.

Other Game Notes: Jordy Mercer went 2 for 4 with a walk. Mercer is hitting .248 on the season. R.J. Rodriguez, the All-Star closer for Lynchburg, pitched a perfect ninth inning, with a strikeout, to get the win.

A

The Result: West Virginia lost 8-2 to Lakewood.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 4. Marte still has a hit in every game he’s played in at West Virginia.

-Robbie Grossman did not play.

-Tony Sanchez did not play.

Other Game Notes: Quincy Latimore went 1 for 4 tonight, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Latimore is hitting .273/.308/.444 for West Virginia, with 7 homers in 275 at-bats.

A-

The Result: State College won 2-1 against Batavia.

Game Notes: Ty Summerlin continues to hit, going 1 for 4 with a double. 2009 third round pick Evan Chambers went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Aaron Baker, the 11th round pick, went 1 for 3 with a walk.

Kyle McPherson went six innings, allowing one run on six hits, with four strikeouts and no walks. 2009 42nd round pick Marc Baca got his second save of the year.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton lost both games of a double header to the GCL Phillies.

-Wes Freeman played in both games, combining for a 2 for 6 day, with his second homer of the year in game one.

-Gift Ngoepe played in both games, going a combined 3 for 6 with a stolen base. Gift has a strikeout in six of his seven games.

-Ramon Cabrera didn’t play either game.

Other Game Notes: 2009 13th round pick John Gourley made his debut in game one, going 1 for 3. Dinesh Patel pitched 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out one. Lastings Milledge went 1 for 2 with a double in game two.

VSL

The Result: The VSL Pirates lost to the VSL Rays 12-10.

-Jorge Bishop went 0 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 1 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs.

-Jonathan Barrios had a pinch hit walk.

Other Game Notes: I’m not sure why Michaelangel Trinidad is in the VSL. Trinidad hit his 11th homer of the year, going 2 for 5, which raised his average to .321. However, Trinidad is too old for the VSL, turning 21 in August. He should at least be in the GCL, if not West Virginia.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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